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WON NEWSLETTER: June 8, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Black Lives Matter

We have a feature on systemic prejudice in the U.S. as the lead story in this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Also in this issue:

The Dana White/Jon Jones story, explaning the economic realities, the economic fallacies and where things stand with both men's arguments. We look at what does and doesn't make sense economically, why Jones and Conor McGregor and all the top draws have lost value to UFC, plus exactly what both men have said about each other and where things stand.

The economics of what Jones has drawn in the past, and the numbers of recent UFC show.

The unwritten WWE rule about not criticizing other talent in a public forum outside of storyline-related reasons, why it was broken this past week, what was said, as well as looking at the ties beween the ownerships of the different wrestling companies with Donald Trump, statements released, and the key things no talent can say.

New WWE Network updates.

Upcoming guidelines for WWE shows, Paul Levesque talks COVID testing, notes on more WWE cuts, Vince McMahon sends out memo, original Gronkowski plans and why they changed and why now.

Upcoming Backlash and Takeover shows, an update on the XFL bankruptcy, how WWE is involved and more.

Update the Kairi Sane injury, Vince McMahon bio, Drake Maverick angle, people talked about for main roster, WWE hires new man t head the Middle East business, Kurt Angle talks why he's not returning at this point to WWE, plus we look at the current market value of WWE and poll results, as well as WWE's own track record.

Coverage of Saturday's UFC show with the storylines and the business news, plus match-by-match coverage.

A large feature on the retirement of Stu Saks and the westling magazine era, the life and times and the glory years of Pro Wrestling Illustrated, the death of the magazine business, how VinceMcMahon tried to kill it early, and the different stages of the magazine era.

A feature on the wrestling career, and life of Danny Havoc from many of the people who knew him best in the industry.

In-depth looks at the ratings of all the major shows, the key demos and quarters for AEW and WWE, what happened head-to-head and what can be learned from them.

Results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 

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  • This week’s episode of the Bump features The Street Profits, Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, Drave Maverick, and NXT ring announcer Alicia Taylor.
  • A special episode of The Bump will air this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time prior to the Backlash PPV event. Guests will include The Miz, John Morrison, Jinder Mahal, MVP and Paige.
  • WWE Backstage scored 112,000 viewers this week, down from last week’s 121,000 viewers.
  • WWE uploaded full video of this week’s New Day: Feel The Power podcast, which features a conversation about racial injustice with Andreas Hale.
  • Wrestling Inc reported that the same team behind the AJ Styles vs. Undertaker match -- Michael Hayes, Triple H, and Jeremy Borash -- also produced the Backlot Brawl from TakeOver.
  • Free matches being added to WWE’s YouTube page include Baron Corbin vs. Sami Zayn from Backlash 2017 and AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura in a no DQ match from Backlash 2018.
  • John Cena has matched BTS’ $1 million dollar donation to the Black Lives Matter foundation.
  • FS1 will air the 2008 Royal Rumble on June 23. The 1996 Survivor Series, featuring the debut of The Rock, will air this coming Tuesday prior to WWE Backstage.

Other Wrestling

  • Justin Roberts, who has largely been absent from AEW television since the COVID-19 outbreak, returns tonight on Dynamite.
  • NJPW has released a list of policies and countermeasures regarding COVID-19 for their upcoming wrestling events.
  • According to a tweet from Michinoku Pro Wrestling, Korakuen Hall will only be open for 497 people when they re-open for fans.
  • Dustin Rhodes wrote on Instagram that he is planning on opening a wrestling school.
  • On today’s episode of Talk is Jericho, The Inner Circle discussed the making of of their Stadium Stampede match against The Elite & Matt Hardy at Double or Nothing.
  • The latest Inside the NWA focuses on the legacy of Harley Race.


  • The first promotional image for UFC 251 has been released.
  • UFC 250 prelims scored 775,000 viewers on ESPN this past Saturday. That’s down from last month’s prelims, which scored 1,150,000.
  • Michael Bisping announced that he will be making his PPV commentary debut at UFC 251.
  • Sean O’Malley has an idea of who had the better KO win between he and Cody Garbrandt.
  • Alexandre Pantojoa vs. Askar Askarov has been added to UFC’s July 18 event.
  • Mizuki Inoue vs. Amanda Lemos has been set for the UFC event on August 22.

Daily Pro Wrestling History: Harley Race wins NWA title from Ric Flair